by Aaron Gibson, November 30, 2017
Mount Orab has been chosen as one of 12 sites for a large-scale medical marijuana growing facility, the Ohio Department of Commerce announced Thursday, Nov. 30.
Ohio has approved 24 sites in total. The sites are divided into two tiers: level I licenses are allowed up to 25,000 square feet growing space, and level II licenses are allowed up to 3,000 square feet.
Nicholas Vita, president and CEO of Columbia Care LLC, is approved to operate a Level I indoor medical marijuana site at 223 Homan Way in Mt. Orab’s growing Brooks-Malott Commerce Center.
Construction and other investment in the one-story medical marijuana facility is expected to cost nearly $11.5 million.
Cultivation will take place in locked zones with restricted access and all areas potentially containing medical marijuana will be under 24/7 surveillance, according to Columbia Care LLC.
Columbia Care LLC currently operates medical marijuana facilities in Arizona, Illinois, New York, and other states. The company also has a presence in Puerto Rico.
Applications cost the cultivators $20,000, while initial licensing fees will run $180,000. Annual renewals will cost $200,000.
Ohio is the 25th state to legalize medical marijuana. The Ohio medical marijuana program is expected to become fully operational next September.
Other local sites approved for medical marijuana cultivation include a Level II facility in Wilmington.
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